Today's spotlight is on three extraordinary collections of images that anyone may download and use at no cost. (I've shared these on social media but they may be unknown to some of my readers.)
✭ The Getty's Open Content Program ~ All images of public domain artworks in The Getty's collections, numbering an estimated 4,600 images, comprise the launch portion of the Open Content Program. Plans are to release many additional images, as indicated in "Open Content, An Idea Whose Time Has Come", an article in The Getty's iris, an online magazine. The digital content is available without charge and permission is not needed to download or use the images, which viewers may access via Getty Search Gateway or museum collection webpages. When browsing, look for the "Download" link denoting Open Content images.
Earlier this month, Getty Publications launched a Virtual Library, with free online access to more than 250 titles published by J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Conservation Institute, and Getty Research Institute.
✭ Wellcome Collection's Wellcome Images ~ All of the more than 100,000 digitized images in the fascinating Wellcome Images are available on demand, under a Creative Commons Attribution license, for personal or commercial use, provided credit is given to "Wellcome Library, London". Viewers may download the images at no cost and freely copy, distribute, edit, or otherwise manipulate them. Drawn from the massive and deservedly renowned Wellcome Library holdings, the galleries encompass high-resolution images of paintings, prints, illustrations, photographs, posters, and other media, all related to medical and social history. Among the wide-ranging subjects are AIDS, tattoo designs, advertising, olympic sports, illness and wellness, nature, war, and witchcraft.
Wellcome Images on FaceBook and Flickr
Wellcome Library Website
✭ The British Library ~ At the end of 2013, The British Library uploaded to Flickr more than one million images from 65,000 digitized books from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries; information accompanying each image includes source, year of publication, and author (if known). All the content, which ranges from maps to illuminated letters, is released as "public domain" and may be used, remixed, or repurposed as desired. The Library has plans for a "crowdsourcing application" that will allow viewers to describe image content. For additional information, see "A Million First Steps" at the library's Digital Scholarship blog.